Search Results: "Peter Warner"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MOLE by Peter Warner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An intelligent fictional memoir."
A fictitious account of an untrained spy's pivotal role in many of the 20th century's significant political happenings. Read full book review >

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THE HUMOR CODE by Peter McGraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brave attempt to blend research, memoir and humor, but the result is not always smooth."
A freelance journalist and a professor hop around the globe cracking and waxing wise about humor. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

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THE MOON QUILT by Sunny Warner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"The notion of consciously and even joyfully preparing for death after a long life is not necessarily inappropriate for children, but the execution of this story is so deliberately and highly metaphorical it will likely escape the grasp of most young readers. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old woman prepares for death by stitching her memories into a quilt. Read full book review >

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IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2008

"Illustrations from Skye's all-important sketchbook add visual humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Skye's brother suffers brain damage in a horrendous car accident, her parents become preoccupied with their own misery and the need to help him recover. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC SEWING MACHINE by Sunny Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A story-hour special. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two orphans, brother and sister, triumph over their miserable lot in life with the help of a magic sewing machine. Read full book review >

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TWILIGHT CHILD by Sally Warner
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2006

"Factor in predictable, corny plot details, some stock characters and information about laundry practices that few young readers will find compelling. (glossary with pronunciation guide for Finnish and Scottish words and names) (Fiction. 12-15)"
In 1793, 15-year-old Finnish-born Eleni is taken in by a kindly matriarch on the Scottish island of Mull after her father's ship is lost off the coast. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A REAL PERSON (IN JUST ONE DAY) by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very likely this novel will strike a responsive chord among readers who believe they have to handle family problems by themselves. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Warner (Totally Confidential, p. 805, etc.) here serves up a touching novel about a gritty and determined young girl who tries to cope with her mother's mental illness all alone. Read full book review >

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The Journey of Same-Sex Surrogacy by Jason Warner
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A quick, helpful and soulful read for same-sex couples looking to navigate the treacherous but rewarding surrogacy journey."
A common-sense, spiritual primer for prospective same-sex parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Social history at its gimlet-eyed best. (Illustrations throughout)"
A tart, acute inquiry into the mania for gin that coursed through London during the early part of the 18th century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"Marvelously energetic cultural criticism."
Fabulous erudition marks this intricate study of the classic tales of wonder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1999

"Warner's compelling study of how we deal with fears through stories will be enjoyed equally by cultural historians and by any parent who has observed a child delighted by Beatrix Potter's Roly Poly Pudding or by Sendak's Wild Things."
Warner continues her erudite and entertaining investigation of fairy tales (begun in From the Beast to the Blonde, 1995) in a new study of the pleasure we derive from the fearful figures in tales and songs. Read full book review >